OpenAIRE workshop on Legal and Sustainability Issues for Open Access Infrastructures

5 November, 2013, Vilnius, Lithuania


We are Live streaming the workshop from 9:00 - 15:30: 

Open access infrastructures need to be maintained in the long-run. At present these infrastructures tend to develop within project environments, and approaches in setting them up as permanent infrastructures remains to be answered. In addition, any e-infrastructure which primarily relies on harvesting external data sources (e.g. repositories) need to be fully aware of any legal implications for re-use of this knowledge, and further application by 3rd parties. 

OpenAIRE is currently carrying out two studies into these legal and sustainability issues. The legal study will put forward recommendations as to applicable licenses that appropriately address scientific data in the context of OpenAIRE. This study will also examine scope of the database protection right, different types of usage and where re-use infringement might lie.

The sustainability and business model for OpenAIRE study will examine the costs and maintenance of the elements of a permanent infrastructure, identify the key stakeholders and will put forward a viable business model for OpenAIRE.

This workshop intends to present results from these studies and broaden the discussion to involve other stakeholders.

Premise of the workshop

The goals of this consultation workshop are:

  1. To test preliminary results of the OpenAIRE legal and sustainability studies (in progress).
  2. To get input from OpenAIRE partners, NOADs, EC and other experts with experience of making OA service/infrastructures sustainable.

Focus areas of the event will include:

  • Exploration of available OA business models
  • Definition of the components of an OA infrastructure
  • How to sustain OA services within a permanent infrastructure
  • What are the legal parameters for re-use of research data
  • Options for licensing research data

This workshop is aimed at: policy and decision makers, librarians, scientists who re-use data, data mining practitioners, EC officers, ICT delegates, OpenAIRE NOADs

Start 9.00 - 15:30


Legal Session

9.00 Welcome - Najla Rettberg, Göttingen State and University Library

9.15 An overview of the legal framework for an OA infrastructure like OpenAIRE - Andreas Wiebe, Prof. Faculty of Law Goettingen University, Thomas Margoni, Dr. IViR, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam

9.55 Presentation of case studies - Introduction by Andreas Wiebe

  1. Legal prototype of e-infrastructure – legal evaluation of selected usage scenarios - Nils Dietrich, Faculty of law, Goettingen University
  2. Legal relations within the project - presentation of the graphical toolbox - Krzysztof Siewicz, Dr., ICM, Poland

10.35 Presentation of conclusions and guidelines for OpenAIREplus partners - Lucie Guibault, Prof., IViR, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam


Looking Ahead

11.05 Panel session: Q&A - Moderator Rob Grim, Head Research Support Tilburg University


  • Andreas Wiebe, Prof. Faculty of Law Goettingen University
  • Thomas Margoni, Dr. IViR, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam
  • Krzysztof Siewicz, Dr., ICM, Poland
  • Lucie Guibault, Prof., IViR, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam

11.35  Panel discussion 'Looking ahead / gathering the threads' - Moderator Andreas Wiebe, Prof. Faculty of Law Goettingen University


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  • Thomas Margoni, Dr. IViR, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam
  • Krzysztof Siewicz, Dr., ICM, Poland
  • Lucie Guibault, Prof., IViR, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam

12:10 Lunch

Sustainability and Business Models Session

13.00 Background to the Sustainability of OpenAIRE - Dr. Birgit Schmidt, Scientific Manager - Goettingen State and University Library

13.10 Preliminary Results of the OpenAIRE Sustainability Study - Phoebe Koundouri, Associate Professor - Athens University of Economic and Business 

13.30 External Experts - Moderator: Inge Van Nieuwerburgh, ‎Co-ordinator digital library at University library Ghent

Perspectives, Ideas, success and challenges of sustainability models 

  • DOAJ - Lars Björnshauge, Director SPARC Europe & Managing Director, DOAJ
  • Arxiv - Oya Rieger, Associate University Librarian, Cornell University
  • DuraSpace - Michele Kimpton, Chief Executive Officer
  • Europeana cloud - Julia Fallon, IPR and Policy Advisor
  • DARIAH - Ingrida Vosyliūtė, Project manager, Vilnius University Faculty of Communication

 14.45 Panel Discussion - Moderator Iryna Kuchma. 

The aim of the panel session is to discuss approaches to making OA infrastructures sustainable and panelists will address a range of pertinent questions, including funding issues, relevant stakeholders and range of services needed.

Panelists represented: 

  • Kevin Ashley, UK (Digital Curation Centre)
  • Rūta Petrauskaitė (Research Council of Lithuania) 
  • Damien Lecarpentier, Project Manager, EUDAT, CSC- IT Center for Science
  • Lars Björnshauge, Director SPARC Europe & Member of Knowledge Exchange Open Access working group

15.25 Wrap up, Mikael K. Elbæk, Project coordinator Technical University of Denmark

15:30 Close


ISM University. Arklių g. 18, II chamber, Vilnius. With many thanks to ISM for providing the venue free of charge.

Information about Vilnius


Registration is free, number of seats are limited to 100 people. We're nearly full!! So Register here!

For more information on the programme, please contact: Mikael Karstensen Elbæk () or  Najla Rettberg:

Vilnius image courtesy of Gintare Zakarauskaite
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